Ingredients

How to make it

  • Prepare the yeast mixture
  • In a small bowl mix together the yeast, sugar and flour and enough warm water to create a smooth dough. Cover and set aside to rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until it has doubled in size
  • For the Dough
  • In another bowl add the chopped cristalized fruit, raisins, grated lemon and orange peel, port wine and rum. Leave the fruit to soak up the liquid while you prepare the dough.
  • In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in the eggs and egg yolks one at a time, adding a little of the flour now and then if you feel the mixture will curdle. Using a spoon, gradually beat in half of the remaining flour and the milk.
  • Then add the yeast mixture to the dough making sure it is evenly blended together.
  • Add the almonds, walnuts and pine nuts and the cristalized fruit mixture.
  • Lightly mix in as much of the remaining flour as you need to create a sticky bread like dough and until all the fruit and nuts are evenly covered by the dough.
  • Cover and leave to rise in a warm place for about one hour or until it has doubled in size.
  • Take the dough and knead for about one minute, then shape into a round loaf and place on a greased baking tray.
  • Using your thumbs, open up a hole in the middle of the dough so that you are left with a wreath shape, or crown, about 25cms wide. You can grease a small empty food jar with vegetable oil and place it in the middle of the wreath to keep the hole open while you work on the topping.
  • Make a hole with a knife on one side of the wreath and push the wrapped broad bean into the dough. Choose another spot on the wreath, make a hole with the knife and push the wrapped coin into the dough.
  • Topping
  • Decorate the wreath with a few cristalized fruits. Beat the egg and brush over the wreath. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about one hour or until it has doubled in size. Remove the food jar and bake in a preheated over at 190 degrees C for about 40 mintues or until golden brown. Cool and dust with icing sugar.

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  • delia 1 year ago
    will try!!
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  • luisascatering 3 years ago
    AWESOME!!! thank you so much! :-)
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  • rhianna 3 years ago
    Thank you for sharing this recipe (& story)! Will make it for the holidays.
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    " It was excellent "
    peetabear ate it and said...
    great post and love all the information you included...five forks
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    lanabade ate it and said...
    High 5!
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    lanabade ate it and said...
    High 5!
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    " It was excellent "
    heartbrazil ate it and said...
    Adoro bolo rei! Quando estive aí visitando família me fartei de comer!! 5 garfinhos para você
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